Attractions

Archaeological Site in Palenque

Palenque Ruins

Ancient Palenque stands at the precise point where the first hills rise out of the Gulf coast plain, and the dense jungle covering these hills forms an evocative backdrop to Palenque’s exquisite Maya architecture. H…
Museum in Palenque

Museo de Sitio

Palenque’s site museum is worth a wander, displaying finds from the site and interpreting, in English and Spanish, Palenque’s history. Highlights include a blissfully air-conditioned room displaying a copy of the l…
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Templo de las Inscripciones Group

As you walk in from the entrance, passing to the south of the overgrown Templo XI, the vegetation suddenly peels away to reveal many of Palenque’s most magnificent buildings in one sublime vista. A line of temples r…
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Acrópolis Sur

In the jungle south of the Grupo de las Cruces is the Southern Acropolis, where archaeologists have made some terrific finds in recent excavations. You may find part of the area roped off. The Acrópolis Sur appears …
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Grupo de las Cruces

Pakal’s son, Kan B’alam II, was a prolific builder, and soon after the death of his father started designing the temples of the Grupo de las Cruces (Group of the Crosses). All three main pyramid-shaped structures su…
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Palenque Northeastern Groups

East of the Grupo Norte, the main path crosses Arroyo Otolum. Some 70m beyond the stream, a right fork will take you to Grupo C, a set of jungle-covered buildings and plazas thought to have been lived in from about …
Temple in Palenque

Templo de las Inscripciones

Perhaps the most celebrated burial monument in the Americas, this is the tallest and most stately of Palenque’s buildings. Constructed on eight levels, the Templo de las Inscripciones has a central front staircase r…
Archaeological Site in Palenque

El Palacio

Diagonally opposite the Templo de las Inscripciones is El Palacio, a large structure divided into four main courtyards, with a maze of corridors and rooms. Built and modified piecemeal over 400 years from the 5th ce…
Waterfall in Agua Azul & Misol-Ha

Agua Azul

Agua Azul is a breathtaking sight, with its powerful and dazzling white waterfalls thundering into turquoise (outside rainy season) pools surrounded by verdant jungle. On holidays and weekends the place is packed; a…
Area in Palenque

El Panchán

Just off the road to the ruins, El Panchán is a legendary travelers’ hangout, set in a patch of dense rainforest. It’s the epicenter of Palenque’s alternative scene and home to a bohemian bunch of Mexican and foreig…